Social networking in Canada - Statistics & Facts

Social networking in Canada - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about social networking in Canada

Owing to the most basic human desire, communication, social media are gaining more and more on popularity, both among the general population who simply enjoy the facilitated interaction, and business professionals who see it as a successful marketing and recruiting tool. Social media come in many forms, from photo-sharing platforms to social gaming or chat apps, but especially social networks. In fact, as of January 2016, more than 30 percent of the world’s population had an account on at least one of the social networks available. Later that year, Facebook has managed to maintain its leadership position on the social networks market, with over 1.7 billion registered accounts worldwide, followed by the instant messaging services WhatsApp, and Tencent’s QQ.

The region with the highest penetration rate of social networks is North America, where around 60 percent of the population has at least one social account. In Canada, more than 20 million people are expected to have a social network account by 2018. Here, as in the rest of the world, Facebook is the most popular social network, with almost half of the population having an active account on this platform. Other popular social networks among Canadians are the professional platform LinkedIn, which has the highest penetration rate among inhabitants of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as Twitter, which is expected to grow its user base from over 3 million in 2012 to some 8.5 million users a mere six years later. Facebook is also the social network most frequently used, with an average of 9 usage sessions per week, but it ranks second, overtaken by YouTube, when it comes to platforms used daily among Canadian youth.

Despite the fact that global internet users spend an average of around 118 minutes per day surfing social networks, Canadian users are a little more disciplined. As of 2014, members of the so-called generation Z spent the most time surfing social networks, but still less time than a half of the global average. Nevertheless, social networks are considered more and more a powerful marketing tool, which has prompted an increase in marketing spending in order to use that space and screen time to promote products and services. In 2015, over 90 percent of Canadian marketers indicated their brand's presence on Facebook, with a further 78 percent claiming Twitter presence. In 2017, social media ad revenue in Canada is expected to reach over 560 million U.S. dollars, with the largest share of these revenues being generated through mobile ads.

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